12s start state age in style

The 12 and under Tumut team, including coaches Jodie Hamilton and Danielle Weir, with Sydney Giants player Bec Bulley.

Tumut’s 12 and under Division 4 netball team has enjoyed a sterling debut at the NSW State Age Championships, finishing runner up.

The team, coached by former state age players Jodie Hamilton and Danielle Weir, compiled an imposing record of 16 wins and just one defeat across a hectic three days of competition.

Tumut finished behind Leeton, the only team to beat the local side.

The championships was contested in Sydney last weekend.

While the 12s team finished second, the 13 and under team came away in third place in Division 4.

The 15 and under Division 4 side secured 10th place and their 14 and under division three team finished 18th against some of the best young netball talent from around the state.

The State Age Championships was originally known as the ‘Junior District Carnival’, a day-long carnival which was first held on Sunday 14 July, 1968 at Moore Park (now recognised as City of Sydney Netball Association).

Years on more than 3,500 athletes from 294 teams representing 83 Associations across NSW contested this year’s tournament, which was hosted by Penrith District (Championship division), Liverpool City (Division 2) and Campbelltown (Divisions 3 & 4).

The competition is so large now, that no single association has the courts, venue space and facilities to host all four divisions and age groups by itself.

While addressing the crowd gathered for the closing presentations, Netball NSW President Wendy Archer took time to congratulate not just the state champions, but every player, coach, umpire and official who helped make this year’s tournament such a success.

“What a wonderful, splendid weekend of netball – the weather was terrific, and the standard of netball was right up there to match it. It’s been an absolute pleasure wandering the courts and witnessing the fantastic talent NSW netball has on offer,” Archer said.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our hosting associations, their executives, and all the volunteers that have helped not only during the three days of competition, but the many months leading up to this magnificent event. We couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you for all your support.

“Thank you for joining us this weekend and we look forward to seeing you again next year for the 49th instalment of the Netball NSW State Age Championships!” Archer concluded.